Sinfoils Fry


This British fry pattern, when properly tied, is a paragon of durability. Only when the fly breaks off will it be rendered unusable. It is an excellent pattern because of its combination of durability, ease in tying, suggestiveness, and effectiveness throughout the season. Fish this fly near weedbeds, banks, docks, and boat ramps.

Imitates small fry (very young fish). Most inch-long fry are white with a dark back, regardless of what colors they possess when they grow bigger.

How to Fish

While the fly can be retrieved, it is most effective when left motionless on the surface. That's because many small fry die, especially if they were stocked from a hatchery truck, and float on the surface.

Tying Instructions

1. Tie in silver tinsel, approximately at hook point.

2. Wrap silver tinsel up shank, tie off and trim.

3. Tie in clear plastic strip at the point of silver tie-off.

4. Wrap the clear plastic strips back and forth to build a tapered body. Tie off and trim.

5. Tie in Body Stretch, make a narrow collar. Tie off and trim.

6. Start to build head. When building a head of this size, it is important to keep wrapping tension consistent, or else tight wraps on top of loose wraps will cause the thread to slide off. For an extremely durable fly, treat the head with several coats of cement as you build it.

7. Coat the entire body with two coatings of cement. Allow to dry.

8. Once body cement is dry, tie in flank feathers. Tips should extend to the hook bend.

9. Finish head and whip finish.

10. Coat head with cement and paint on eyes.

11. Coat head with final layer of cement.

HOOK: Dai Riki 700, size 10-12

THREAD: Black 6/0

UNDERBODY: Silver mylar tinsel

BODY: Clear plastic wrap cut into 1/8 inch strip and wrapped

COLLAR: Flourescent red Body Stretch

WING: Sparse widgeon flank or mallard flank fibers

HEAD: Black thread

EYES: Painted black on yellow